Corruption Hit S.Africa's Pandemic Fightback, Says Watchdog
Umer Jamshaid 21 days ago Thu 25th March 2021 | 09:15 PM
The coronavirus pandemic intensified corruption in South Africa last year, exposing many loopholes in the country's health sector, an anti-graft monitor said Thursday
Johannesburg, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Mar, 2021 ) :The coronavirus pandemic intensified corruption in South Africa last year, exposing many loopholes in the country's health sector, an anti-graft monitor said Thursday.
Corruption Watch said it had received 4,780 reports of graft last year, the second-highest tally since it was founded in 2012.
Although the pandemic discouraged people from making in-person reports, an average of 11 cases were received each day on-line, the Johannesburg-based organisation said.
Maladministration, procurement corruption and fraud topped the list, with the "lucrative" health sector hardest-hit.
Politicians and those close to them exploited "already weak controls in procurement systems across all three spheres of government," Corruption Watch said in its report, entitled "From Crisis to Action.
" "Whilst many were aware of the weakness of both the public and private health facilities, Covid-19 laid bare just how vulnerable the sector truly is." The report also said police corruption rose in the period.
Africa's most industrialised economy was aleady struggling with a reputation for corruption before the onset of the pandemic, with numerous state officials accused or facing trial for presiding over wanton looting.